DHONI the worst or best Indian Test captain?
There’s no one individual who can be held responsible for the success and failures of Indian cricket team, but the debate about who’s the greatest Indian captain rages on nonetheless.
The role of their predecessors can never be overstated, with India a completely different entity than it is in modern cricket, but with the sheer enormity of their numbers and achievements, Ganguly and MSDhoni remain the front-runners for fans for the title of the ‘Greatest Indian captain’.
In a sport dominated by statistics, despite the success/failures on field, captaincy is a tricky thing to be judged on numbers. But with fans unaware of the finer parameters, the captain-player relationships and dressing room chatter, it’s only numbers which come to our aide.
Whitewashes in England and Australia in 2011-2012, followed by winless tours of South Africa and New Zealand in 2013-14, and an embarrassing collapse in England after taking the lead at Lord’s in 2014 has absolutely crushed fans’ confidence in his leadership in Tests overseas.
No. of players who made their debut under Ganguly (2000-2005):
No. of players who made their debut under Dhoni (2008-2014):
Sourav Ganguly or Mahendra Singh Dhoni – Who do you think deserves to be called the best Indian captain?